Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - UCLan

Dr Doris Schroeder, acting head of the Centre for Professional Ethics at UCLan, the University of Central Lancashire

WHY DID YOU APPLY TO THE TRUST?

At the time, the biomedical research charity Wellcome Trust was the only funding body known to the UCLan team to have a specific programme on the ethics of biomedical research in developing countries. I met a colleague from the Wellcome Trust before applying. The meeting gave a good understanding of the trust's requirements.

WHAT DID THE APPLICATION PROCESS INVOLVE?

UCLan's team submitted a one-page summary to the trust in April 2005.

It approved the idea and sent me more detailed forms. The application was 42 pages, and the proposal itself was five pages long. The application was submitted at the end of July 2005. In November 2005, the team heard that the project might be funded. However, we had to answer some additional questions, which we did within 14 days.

COULD THE APPLICATION HAVE BEEN SIMPLER?

The team found the application straightforward and received a final confirmation from the trust within a week.

IS PART OF THE MONEY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE OR TRAINING?

No.

DID YOU APPLY TO ANY OTHER FUNDERS?

Not for this project.

Clare Matterson, director of medicine, society and history, Wellcome Trust

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT

Our decision to fund the UCLan project reflects a commitment to funding research on the ethics of biomedical research in developing countries.

We recognise that such research raises ethical issues.

UCLan's approach to identifying the best ways of sharing health-related knowledge between local communities and pharmaceutical companies in developing nations is intelligent and practical, offering rigorous research to understand the issues involved.

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